Employer Nomination Scheme – 186 Visa Processing Time 2021

All Australian visa applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA). The processing times which are published on the DoHA’s website give a rough indication of how long your Australian visa may take, although these times may vary depending on application volumes, available spots in the migration program, and particulars within your unique circumstances.


186 visa processing time 2021

Processing times can vary and may fluctuate based on the application numbers.


Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affecte​d and applications may take longer to finalise. Processing times can VARY.


The Department is prioritising processing of visa applications for travellers who are exempt from our travel restrictions to help those who need urgent travel. For more information on travel restrictions and visa information, visit the Home Affairs’ COVID website.


Direct Entry Pathway stream – 75% of applications for the direct entry stream are processed within six months, and 90% of applications within eleven months.

Agreement Pathway stream – 75% of applications for the agreement pathway stream are processed within six months, and 90% of applications within ten months.

Temporary Residence Transition stream – 75% of applications for the temporary residence transition stream are processed fourteen months; 90% of applications are processed within seventeen months.


Please also see Department website in relation to current processing time information:


Visa Stream 75% Of Visas Processed 90% Of Visas Processed



Visa processing times are also subject to change over time, which can recently be seen within the current climate, given the coronavirus pandemic. We have seen many variations in these processing times, with offshore applications generally slowing down dramatically, while onshore applications have sped up in many circumstances. With current border restrictions in place, priority has been given to these onshore visa applications, and in many cases critical employment sectors.


186 visa processing time after nomination approval

The Department of Home Affairs assesses each application on a case-by-case basis, and the processing times can change due to individual circumstances, including but are not limited to:

  • how quickly you reply to any requests for further information
  • the time it takes to perform necessary checks on the supporting information provided
  • for permanent migration visa applications, the number of places is available in the migration programme
  • for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly concerning health, character, and national security requirements


186 visa conditions

The following condition(s) might be attached to this visa:

8515 – Must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entry


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